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Washington State History Museum

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Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
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+1 888-238-4373
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History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of...

History museum full of informative displays and artifacts on the history of Washington state.

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THIS IS A TREMENDOUS MUSEUM !!!

i don't usually use all caps and exclamation points in my reviews but this one deserves it. we had an hour to kill in Tacoma before we headed back home to Seattle to kick out our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

i don't usually use all caps and exclamation points in my reviews but this one deserves it. we had an hour to kill in Tacoma before we headed back home to Seattle to kick out our house sitter. Well, after three hours, we realized that we needed to actually move along. We're long time residents of Washington state (ok, forever... More 

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Thank abearfellow
Dupont, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an excellent visit to this small to medium size museum. Perfect for a rainy day. With children you can do the museum in about 2 to 3 hours. Parking next to the building in a pay lot. Model train exhibit for kids

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter and I took advantage of free the third Thursday program at the Tacoma museums and so glad we did! Just a heads up, most museums only offer the free portion during the 5p -8p time frame, but this one starts at 2p and runs too 8p. Wish we world have known that, as there's lots to see and... More 

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Thank Aloha3263
Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The history museum offers visitors a well-rounded education in the story of Washington, from the days of Native American culture predominating, to the days of the pioneers, as well as exhibits on the role of Boeing, the salmon fisheries and canneries, coal-mining and hydroelectric power for the region. And there is often a musical group performing on a floor above.... More 

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Thank sherlock63
Tacoma, Washington
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22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

My wife and I went to the museum for their annual Model Railroad event. As usual, there were miles of smiles on the faces of the children of all ages who were visiting this excellent, annual holiday event. We went between Christmas and New Years Day in hopes that the crowds would be smaller...we chose well. We were able to... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We took our 9 and 12 year old grandsons to see the model train displays. We all loved it. The boys enjoyed the other museum exhibits as well. There were some hands-on things for them, but a lot of the exhibits involved reading and/or watching videos. Unfortunately it was hard for them to take the time to do so. We... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Plenty of pay parking. The interior of the building is architecturally stunning! Tons of exhibits regarding Washington history. Handicap accessible, clean bathrooms! Small gift shop available. Staff are very friendly. This was an eye opener for us! Plan a few hours to visit.

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Thank javablack
Parkland, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We've been to this museum twice now, and both times the displays have been first class and informative. They rotate what is displayed from time to time so there is always new things to see and learn.

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Thank rldegroote
Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We brought 8 small children here on a weekday and it was incredible!! You really need a few hours to soak it all in. Many exhibits to enjoy. It really provides you with a great taste of the area's history, including some natural history. Some stuff for children to do hands on. You really should visit even if you already... More 

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Federal Way, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

The wife and I were there this past spring for our first visit there. They really have done a nice job with new building and all of the exhibits. Take your time and enjoy !!

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